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cricketers finally ended their long wait for a test victory. That is in

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Sportsday in 15 minutes, after The Papers.

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Welcome to our look ahead at what the papers will bring us tomorrow.

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With this, old friends, the home affairs editor from the London

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Evening Standard, I mean all that in long`standing! LAUGHTER And Louise

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Cooper, financial analyst. Let's look at the front pages. The FT

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reports European businesses starting to feel the effects of sanctions on

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Russia. The Telegraph has a story about households being forced to pay

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higher rates of stamp duty. The Metro carries a story about a TV

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interview where a UN official broke down in tears saying his

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organisation was at breaking point in Gaza. The Daily Mail leads on a

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driver who killed a man using to mobile phones at the wheel of her

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car. The Guardian reports of the conflict in Gaza, saying the number

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killed is now greater than in both previous rounds of fighting between

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Israel and Hamas. The express has a story on a funding boost for the NHS

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to help cancer, and finally the Mirror describes how a car on wealth

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Games cyclist from Sierra Leone was held in a collision for four days

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before being cleared because of fears about Ebola virus ``

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Commonwealth Games cyclist. We will start with the Guardian leading with

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Gaza, saying the death toll has passed 1400. This is a hugely

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relevant story still, but as we have just reported, there has been

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breaking news in the last few minutes suggesting movement towards

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a humanitarian truce armour and hopes of a durable cease`fire.

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Because this is very surprising, isn't it, Martin, this news, because

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it didn't seem that either side felt inclined even to start mentioning

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the cease`fire at the moment. No, we had a short pause before, then it

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resumed, and the Israelis since that time have said they are determined

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to carry on until they finish their objectives, which include destroying

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the tunnels and stopping rocket fire. It seemed like they were

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determined to press on pretty much at all costs. And yes, as you say,

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suddenly we have this three`day window, apparently, where there will

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be an attempt to negotiate, which still raises quite a lot of problems

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potentially, but it at least gives them some time, hopefully, to try to

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resolve the key issues. Always tempting to clutch at reasons for

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things happening in the Middle East, but it is a dangerous thing to do.

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It does follow the US coming out with its strongest statement yet.

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Exactly, and I find that interesting. I was reading a piece

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from the Israeli point of view saying it depends who criticises us,

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whether we take notice. Clearly the White House criticism is probably

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the most important critic of their actions from an Israeli point of

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view. I am sorry to be a pessimist about this, but when I look at this

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deeply devastating, horrendous humanitarian mess, I just think... I

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don't see, over the long term, any structural improvement. Cyclic

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thing, it goes from slightly better do is likely worst, `` sick lately.

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But over the long term has been been any improvement? When then Nobel

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Peace Prize is given out to both sides ten, 15, 20 years ago, yet

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guess what, we are back to one of the biggest death tolls we have seen

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in the entire history of the two fides. And I think also of course,

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that very point is made, but also the Israeli have `` have stopped

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because it becomes clear that all they are achieving, they are

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achieving something, stopping the tunnels, I can understand why they

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want to do that, but there is a danger that they are just hardening

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opinion, consolidating Hamas, which actually, Hamas's power and

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influence in the Gaza Strip, actually was under threat fairly

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recently after the kidnappings, the fallout from that, they were looking

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weaker, and now they seem to have been strengthened by this, and as

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you say, from a long point of view we might get a resolution. In the

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short`term the station hostility which would be fantastic ``

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cessation of hostilities. It seems so far away, even to get a

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short`term cease`fire to stick would seem almost a miracle. What I was

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surprised that was the numbers, 1400 dead in Gaza, Palestinian officials

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say 8200 people have been wounded. That is an extraordinarily large...

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Almost 10,000 people. Not that many people live in Gaza and that is an

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extraordinary amount of people. Civilians and children in

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particular. The Palestinian authorities say 80% were civilians.

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One thing that does have to happen of course, it is quite hard to see

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how this will happen, is that from an Israeli point of view, some of

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these rockets have to be stopped us well in the long term, because that

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keeps provoking, every couple of years, these attacks and these great

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onslaughts. It is not the first time we have seen this. It is the worst

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one but we have seen it two years ago and previously. Moving on to the

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FT if we can, European companies feeling Russia paying. Ox wagon

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voicing concern occurs the sanctions over Russia and Ukraine are biting

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`` false wagon. What has changed over the last ten or 15 years are

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European companies doing massive amounts of business in Russia, more

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than ever. They were all told to do business there because it has great

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growth and they are all doing business there and now they're

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Russian business could be taken away from them. It is not just... You

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have BT, Rosner, a third BP's oil production, Adidas selling a lot

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there, so many big European companies earning good profits in

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Russia, which could be taken away. Unintended consequences sometimes of

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sanctions. They are not necessarily unintended. They are affecting

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companies that wouldn't be targeted in the first instance. You wonder

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about Adidas, what is behind that, because it cannot surely be

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oligarchs. There is a consumer boom in Russia, the greater the middle

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classes stop Lee I understand that the sanctions do not affect every

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person in Russia. They backed currency exchange rates. And also

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sentiment towards Western brands. `` affect currency exchange rates.

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Europe can't afford `` I said Europe can't afford sanctions against

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Russia but the downing of MH17 has changed that and I now wonder how

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much damage they are willing to do to the European economy. I think we

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should do some damage, actually, and I am not convinced that we are doing

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as much damage overall as... We have just come out of the Eurozone

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crisis, it could be significant. We will have fisticuffs outside!

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LAUGHTER. I'm supposed to be in charge but it doesn't feel like it!

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Thank you, Martin. The Daily Mail, what a judge has been talking

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about, in his summing up, he jailed a woman who had killed a graduate

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using two mobile phones `` she was using two mobile phones and said the

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use of mobile phones in cars is a plague on society. We heard last

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week police will have the power to confiscate phones they think have

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been part of the problem in a car crash. Yes, everyone can see when

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they drive around or walk around, people using their phones, looking

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at them and so on, this is a particularly horrendous case with

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this woman appears to have been using two mobile phones in a 70 mph

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crash. There seems to be pressure for further action. The commission

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of the Metropolitan police has suggested six penalty points, the

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Transport Secretary suggested he might be willing to take that up, so

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they could be pressure for tougher action. You see at all the time. You

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do, and what I find quite encouraging is that she has been

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jailed for six years, because for me this is pretty much manslaughter.

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You know it is a dangerous thing to do. She was text thing on one and

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phoning on the other at 70 miles an hour. That truly is astounding

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behaviour. `` text in. Let's move on to the Telegraph, millions more

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being forced to pay higher rates of stamp duty in the last decade, a

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booming property prices pushing more people into the higher rate of stamp

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duty, and the stamp duty threshold have not moved up property prices

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have, have they? Guess what, in Ostia times when the government is

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highly indebted, they will find all kinds of ways to relieve Britons of

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their cash `` austere times. Clearly politicians like hidden ways to

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relieve people of their cash, and this is exactly what you would

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expect, therefore, so they haven't increased stamp duty, and as you

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said, the amount therefore means that it has gone up massively as

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property prices have recovered. And there is some speculation that the

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Tories may give a sop to us and increase it, but I wouldn't hold

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your breath. I wonder there will be tempted to move it because it is a

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big earner. They might try to do a little bit but it is hard to keep

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pace with the rapid rise in house prices for one thing and secondly,

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`` secondly, the difficulty is they are raising a lot of money out of

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it, financial constraints continue into the next election whoever wins,

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and where will that money come from if they do change? Louise, Martin,

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thank you very much, shorter than normal because of this breaking

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news, but we will return for another look at the papers at 11:25pm. I

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must tell you the joint statement from John Kerry and Ban Ki`Moon

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regarding the developments in the Middle East. We urge all parties to

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act with restraint and abide by the commitments during the cease`fire.

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It is critical to give civilians a reprieve from violence. During this

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period civilians in Gaza will receive humanitarian relief and the

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opportunity to carry out vital functions including burying the

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dead, taking care of injured and restocking food. Overdue repairs on

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infrastructure can also continue. He talks about the delegations

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immediately going to Cairo for negotiations with the Egyptian

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government at the invitation of Cairo, aimed at reaching a durable

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cease`fire. They will be able to raise all issues of concerns in

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these negotiations. That is part of the statement from Ban Ki`Moon and

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John Kerry. Now it is time for Sportsday.

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